From dainty finger sandwiches to cream covered scones and warming cups of tea, here are six places in Calgary (and slightly beyond) worth checking out the next time the craving for a spot of afternoon tea arises.
Afternoon tea hour at the Fairmont Palliser is a luxurious affair. Snack on berries and Grand Marnier cream, delicate tea pastries, fresh dainty finger sandwiches, and oven-fresh vanilla scones, which can be enjoyed with tea offerings in loose leaf and bagged tea form, including the Palliser’s very own estate tea, “Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling.”
Address: 133 9th Avenue SW
While this scratch bakery specializes in French pastries, it also offers its customers an afternoon tea service with a decidedly French twist. By reservation only, Patisserie Du Soleil’s tea service features potted tea and a tiered selection of goodies, including sandwiches, cookies, cakes, and of course French pastries.
Address: 2525 Woodview Drive SW
In addition to offering an array of tasty breakfast and lunch items this family owned and operated tea room serves an afternoon tea, available from 2 to 4 p.m. Guests who opt to indulge in this “High Tea” service will be presented with an assortment of finger sandwiches, scones, and delectable desserts, as well as over 100 teas to choose from. Gluten-free and vegetarian only selections also available.
Address: 1600 90 Avenue SW
A refined afternoon tea featuring a scrumptious set of scones with Devonshire cream and raspberry jam, cucumber mint tea sandwiches, French macaroons, fruit tarts, and other treats can be found at Lougheed House. Also available a range of specialty teas.
Address: 707 13 Avene SW
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant offers their afternoon tea menu during the winter months only. Running on weekend afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. (up until the end of April), guests will find a lovely spread of sandwiches, fresh scones, clotted cream and jams, tea cakes, mini pastries, and more.
Address: 15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE
Okay, so we’ve stretched the city bounds on this list to include a traditional afternoon service fit for a queen on Lake Louise. Tip back your tea cups at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, while enjoying delicate delights and the most stunning views of Lake Louise itself and the Victoria Glacier.
Address: 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise